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Name:Potter, Jack
Date of Birth:13 April 1938
Career:1954/55 - 1967/68
Teams:Fitzroy, Melbourne Uni
Matches:114
Batting Style:RHB
Bowling Style:RALS

 

 

Potter was an outstanding batsman, leader of men and coach. He was instrumental and captain in two Fitzroy premierships and also Potter took a novice Victorian team to Sheffield Shield success in1966/67.


Potter played with Fitzroy between 1954/55 and 1967/68 in 95 games, and also at University between 1957/58 and 1959/60 in 19 games. He captained Fitzroy to the 1960/61 premiership against St Kilda, and scored a century as the Lions defeated Essendon in 1966/67.

However, he unfortunately had to settle for 12th man duties on numerous occasions at Test level.

In fact, he was extremely unlucky not to debut. He broke his skull in Holland which ended the tour for him and also precluded him from playing in any of the Tests in India and Pakistan on the way home from England in 1964. Significantly the players who were not used in the Test series in England - Alan Connolly, Johnny Martin, Rex Sellers and Barry Jarman, apart from Potter - were brought into the team in India and Pakistan for at least one Test.

Potter’s leadership was highlighted when he had to blood six new players and three others who had previously played only in the odd match, but was inspirational when he guided the young bunch to victory. He put the seal on a vintage summer by leading Fitzroy to an innings win over Essendon in the District final, scoring a century in the process. He also headed the District averages with 502 runs at 100.4.

That 1966/67 season was vintage Potter: he captained Victoria to the Sheffield Shield and Fitzroy to the Premiership, averaging 53 in interstate games and 100 in club cricket.

Oddly he stepped down from the Victorian side midway through the next season, ostensibly to give a younger player a chance although he was only 29. He did so after making 82 and 105 not out against NSW in Melbourne, his 13th hundred for Victoria.

Potter completed the season with Fitzroy, which was beaten in a semi-final by South Melbourne, and the next season (1968/69) dropped to Sub-District ranks as captain-coach of Preston.

His highest score for Victoria came in 1965/66 with 221 against NSW at the MCG. In 1962/63 he amassed 902 runs for the state at an average of 56.37, including an unbeaten 135 against WA and 106 against the MCC.

In later years he was involved with the Australian Institute of Sport in Adelaide.

He scored 170 and with Dave Anderson (78) shared Fitzroy’s record fourth wicket partnership of 242 against Hawthorn East Melbourne in 1967/68.

His coaching stints included helping Victorian, head coach of the Cricket Academy and then stints with major schools in England where he is highly regarded as a mentor.

 

From "100 Not Out" by Rod Nicholson and Ken Williams

 


Batting
InningsN.O.RunsBatting AvgHigh Score50s100s
13323403436.67170209

Bowling
RunsWicketsBowling AvgBest5wi10wmCt/St
 8192730.335/251 80